With a new administration taking office in 2017 and potentially a lot of very big changes for farmers and consumers just around the corner, we've rounded up a list of what we think will be some of the top food and agriculture issues of for the coming year - plus some ideas for how you can help support the good food movement in 2017.
President Obama recently signed the first national GMO labeling bill into law, preempting existing and future state-level labeling bills like Vermont's bill. So what's the next phase in the GMO labeling fight? And will the new law help consumers get the information they want?
A new USDA pilot program allows line speeds at hog processing facilities to operate at speeds too high to ensure food or worker safety. Tell Hormel to slow down the lines and make them safe!
We first met Michael Lewis of The Growing Warriors Project at Farm Aid 2015 where he and his fellow farmers presented the first United States flag to be made of American-grown hemp in nearly a century. We're excited to report that the partnership that made the flag was featured in a great new documentary, titled "Harvesting Liberty."
A new report of consumer survey results by Consumer Reports gives more evidence that the public is confused about the "natural" label. A coalition led by Consumers Union is urging the FDA to remove the label from foods, or to change its meaning because it's misleading shoppers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it is taking steps to reduce arsenic exposure in infants, and has proposed guidelines for infant feeding to reduce arsenic in babies' diets. Good news for parents!
While many consumers believe that meats and other foods labeled "natural" are produced without hormones, antibiotics, pesticides or GMOs, in reality, the label is virtually meaningless. Join Consumers Union in urging the FDA to fix the misleading "natural" label!
As the year comes to an end, Congress has just a few weeks left to deal with some unresolved issues. This month it will be an all-out sprint to avert a government shutdown, deal with GMO labeling legislation and more. Check out this cheat sheet that summarizes some of the most significant food- and agriculture-related bills Congress will be working on this month!
We're proud to have been part of Farm Aid's HOMEGROWN Village so that we could share the Eat Well Guide with so many family farm supporters! Click through our photo slideshow to get a feel for the Farm Aid festivities!
There's been a flurry of activity in Congress over the past month as legislators clear off their desks and prepare to leave DC for the August recess. The cheat sheet we've created here summarizes the most significant food and agriculture related bills they've been working on, why they're important and their current status.
Last week, North Carolina's state legislature voted to override Republican Governor Pat McCrory's veto to pass one of the strongest anti-whistleblower laws in the country. Critics explain that the law was crafted to punish whistleblowers who shed light on animal abuse and shield meat producers and slaughterhouses from undercover investigations.
Right now, the federal government is working on several major pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on the food we eat. Want to learn more? We've developed the cheat sheet below with summaries of the bills, reasons why they are important for consumers and ways to get involved.
It's that time again. Time for our government to put its money where our kids' mouths are. Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Child Nutrition Act and the current Act expires in September. Learn more about what's on the plate and what you can do.
For years, North Carolina communities have complained that industrial pork farms pollute their rivers and streams and lower quality of life in the area, but the state has all but ignored their complaints. The EPA is now conducting an investigation of the state's civil rights infringements that could change the game.
The new Dirty Dozen Guide to Food Additives from the Environmental Working Group spills the beans about what has been added to your food that isn't food.
For pregnant and nursing moms, eating more fish is something that the FDA specifically recommends. But new analysis from Consumer Reports concludes that tuna's high levels of mercury outweigh its potential benefits.